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Scotch Whiskey Recommendations? For a gift.

Postby xshooterphi » Mon May 07, 2012 12:12 pm

Hi,

I was reading reviews for scotch whiskeys in an attempt to figure out what I should get as a gift for friend, whose father recently passed. Can anyone give me a good recommendation? I'm looking to spend between 30-60$ but if something is outside of that price range by a small margin and it's really good I'm willing to take that under consideration. Just so you can get an idea of what might be available to me I live just south of Boston, Ma.

Thanks so much
-Brandon
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Re: Scotch Whiskey Recommendations? For a gift.

Postby AdamMY » Mon May 07, 2012 10:58 pm

Darn I somehow lost a rather detailed post. I'll lay them out by flavor range, and keep in mind prices can vary from location but these are ones that should be in or close to your price range, and most are more widely available.

Lighter and sweeter:

Old Pulteney 12
Glenlivet 12 or 15
Glenfiddich 12 or 15

Heavier sherry:

Macallan 12 or Cask Strength
Aberlour Abunadh

Hint of Peat:

Highland Park 12
Clynelish 14

Heavier peat:

Nearly any in your price range from the following distilleries:

Ardbeg
Laphroaig
Talisker
Lagavulin
Caol Ila
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Re: Scotch Whiskey Recommendations? For a gift.

Postby Zandman75 » Sat May 12, 2012 11:38 pm

I'd recommend that you just use my general whisky [sic] buyer's tips for absolute beginners:

1) Find any whisky from the island of Islay that you can afford.
2) Buy it.
3) If the recipient of the gift doesn't like it, he/she probably doesn't like whisky at all, and is therefore a lost cause.

I'd go Islay, if I were you.
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Re: Scotch Whiskey Recommendations? For a gift.

Postby John Barleycorn » Sun May 13, 2012 12:01 am

Zandman75 wrote:I'd recommend that you just use my general whisky [sic] buyer's tips for absolute beginners:

1) Find any whisky from the island of Islay that you can afford.
2) Buy it.
3) If the recipient of the gift doesn't like it, he/she probably doesn't like whisky at all, and is therefore a lost cause.

I'd go Islay, if I were you.


A bit of a blunt approach, not all whisky lovers are fans of peaty malts.
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Re: Scotch Whiskey Recommendations? For a gift.

Postby Zandman75 » Sun May 13, 2012 12:14 am

John Barleycorn wrote:A bit of a blunt approach, not all whisky lovers are fans of peaty malts.


I provided a short, simple answer for someone who is obviously looking for one.

You should maybe provide an alternative list for the person asking, instead of just criticizing my post. To put it bluntly: it's not very constructive.
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Re: Scotch Whiskey Recommendations? For a gift.

Postby John Barleycorn » Sun May 13, 2012 1:08 am

Hi Zandman75

I see you found the whiskybase. Are you by any chance a guy who use to frequent this forum some years ago and went under the nom de plume of Richard Cranium

Poch mahon John
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Re: Scotch Whiskey Recommendations? For a gift.

Postby Zandman75 » Mon May 14, 2012 10:38 pm

John Barleycorn wrote:Are you by any chance a guy who use to frequent this forum some years ago and went under the nom de plume of Richard Cranium


No, Sir. I'm afraid I'm a freshman here. Mr. Cranium is unknown to me.

- and regarding the whiskybase: are you very familiar with it?
If so: is there a way of changing a bottle's status in the collection, or do you have to actually remove a bottle of "closed" Brand X and add an "open" bottle of Brand X to do so?
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Re: Scotch Whiskey Recommendations? For a gift.

Postby John Barleycorn » Tue May 15, 2012 1:12 am

Zandman75 wrote: is there a way of changing a bottle's status in the collection


I would have thought that the whiskybase forum would have been the most appropriate place for your enquire but having asked I will supply the answer.

To change the status of a bottle within your collection, open My Whiskybasement, at the top of the page, in the drop down menu chose My List, in the next drop down menu select List-Collection. This will open a list of all the bottles in your collection from which you can alter the status of each bottle.
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